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Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald PorterGreat Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter

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95
world-class

5,741 Ratings
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95
world-class

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Ratings: 5,741
Reviews: 1,930
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.88%
Wants: 524
Gots: 739 | FT: 22
Brewed by:
Great Lakes Brewing Co. visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-09-2001

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Ratings: 5,741 | Reviews: 1,930
Reviews by zhooker:
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4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I feel like porters are the most authentic, that is to say original, ales. At least in the modern beer-drinking era (I.e., not including meads, braggots, etc). Of course I have no historical data to back this up; just a feeling.

Anyways -- back in Ohio to visit the fam, another Great Lakes to review. Poured from a 12oz bottle to a DFH pint glass. Dark -- almost opaque -- but enough light glimmering through to give it a DEEP amber glint here and there. Huge, rocky head peaks over the glass, slowly bubbling and dissipating, leaving a bevy of pretty lace en route.

Diving in for the first sip, it's all bittersweet chocolate on the nose. Insanely robust maltiness. A few sips later, I'm feeling coffee more than the chocolate. Big aroma, and all the parts are working together.

Through the first quarter of the glass, I'm really surprised by the hop presence, given how big the malts were in the scent. They're subtle, and the malts still definitely reign, but the bitter finish is there. There is a sweetness here, but not one I would tire of after two or three pints. It's a pleasant, balanced sweetness. Choco-coffee remains the predominant flavor. Mocha latte anyone? Jokes, folk. This brew's got a lot more meat on it than a fancy cuppa.

The mouthfeel is smooth, but I do feel a little thickening building at the back of my throat due to the sweetness. It would take three to four pints for this to become annoying though.

This is a model porter. It is distinguished by its robust malts and its chocolate/coffee flavors, but nothing is so big that its out of balance. I could drink this all night. I have had this beer at least a dozen times, and this is the first time I've sat down to reflect a little and write about it. Glad to finally confirm that one of my hometown craft brews is indeed a winner. Very glad.

More User Reviews:
Photo of tectactoe
4.14/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a deep black with a very faint hit of dark brown along the edges. Tan colored head that mellows out to a thin span across the top of the beer leaving very little lacing on the way down. Initial smell is heavy chocolate and roasted malts, kind of had to coax it out. After the beer warmed up a bit and the glass was swirled, I started to get heavier notes of sweetness from the malts as well as some rich and milky smells. Incredible.

The taste is wonderful. First sip gives a huge roasted malt flavor up front, with a bit of a carbonation snap to it. After a little bit, more flavors start to develop: burnt campfire wood, nuttiness, sweet coffee beans, roasted grains. At the end of the sip, out comes an ever-so-slight yet still very noticeable bite from the hops, to finish the beer off with a nice floral touch. Honestly, the bitterness from the hops at the end, along with the malts and the sweetness of the chocolate is incredible - very nearly perfect in balance. Slightly creamy, but a little thin for what I was expecting.

Lovely porter, here. Great balance, great drinkability, and overall just a great beer. Anyone looking for a top-of-the-line porter should look no further (unless they haven't already had Founders Porter). Great price, easy to find, and more than enough to fulfill your dark and roasted malty needs. Give this one a shot and thank me later.

Photo of timontheroad
4.14/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Poured a very dark brown color, nice three finger head that slowly receded to about a quarter inch of foam that left some nice lacing.
Smell: The aroma was coffee, dark chocolate and dark roast malt, with a bit of a caramel note.
Taste: Very close to the smell, coffee and chocolate flavors were dominant, with some slight caramel flavors
Mouthfeel: Rather thin for such a robust flavor.
Overall: This was a very good beer, I'll seek this one out again.

Photo of DavidGross
4.25/5  rDev 0%

great beer. had on tap and was good.

Photo of DaveBar
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Got as a gift from a friend. Served at 10deg C in a tulip

A- Opens really well and pours a nice light brown head that stays for a bit before settling to a film. VERY dark. Almost black. Unheard of in a porter

S- Pretty good. Good coffee and smoke

T- A touch of smokiness. Good coffee and some chocolate. Nice brew all around.

M- Thin and dry as a porter should be.

O- I like this one. Best porter I ever had. Will buy again

Food Pairing

This wonderful brew went fantastic with...... BBQ'd T bone steak with baked beans on the side and buttered bread

Enjoy!!

Photo of pgrose
4.41/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap in Buffalo, NY
L: dark Amber brown, some lacing
S: coffee/espresso
T: starts sweet, tangy middle, coffee finish
F: smooth, light carbonation
O: excellent porter style, very flavorful

Photo of UPMD_Bill
4.46/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I think I'll sink a few more of these.

Photo of oberon
4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Along with Kalamazoo my favorite midwestern micro beers,this beer is one of the reasons why.Pours a deep creamy brown with a very creamy off white head.The aroma is very coffee-like with some bitter chocolate notes.The taste is also very coffeeish with some slight earthiness, very creamy tasting.A smoky backbone to this makes this a great complex example of the style.

Photo of RoyalT
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – Dark, muddy, almost black in color with a gorgeous head that came up with ease and down with much protest. It left some cool pits on top of the liquid and some nice lacing as well.

Smell – The chocolate came across the room at the pour. Like LBB said, it’s more of a cakey kind of chocolate than anything else. The coffee grounds are very sharp and forward as well. I can pick up some darkish malt but it is mostly trumped by the coffee and chocolate notes.

Taste – There’s an interesting bitterness that comes out at the taste, but otherwise the tongue follows the nose.

Mouthfeel – Close to medium-bodied with some very slight carbonation. The flavor profile here really sets off the taste buds in the front part of your tongue.

Drinkability – This is a terrific, easy-drinking session porter, if there is such a thing.

Comments – Thanks to garthwaite for sending me not one, but two of these babies.

Photo of aszatk01
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a poboy's pint at the Cardinal Bar in Madison.

Deep coffee color and thick khaki head. Absolutely delicious. Charred coffee, rich mocha, chocolate, and caramelized sugars make up the aromas and taste. Texture is chewy and rich. The hops add the necessary bitterness to balance the malty sweetness. Finish is dry and leaves you thirsty for more. Uber drinkable.

Photo of DanGeo
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Turbo
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of t2grogan
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of OhioBobcat
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Zakk
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of jono0101
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of brownbeer
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of hopsleeroy
3.93/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle gotten in trade-Cmsiley I think.

A-Black body, small white head, no ruby edges
S-Mild roasted malt, cocoa, light on smell
T-Better and Bigger than aroma, bigger coca flavor and some roasted coffe flavors, a little nutty, few hops but decent bitter finish, some sweetness, reminded me a little of a malted milkshake
M-Creamy, med-full body, some carbonation
D-I wouldn't mind having a fewe more of these. Very nice porter.

Photo of cjn40277
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of tbryan5
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of GBfan75
4.76/5  rDev +12%

Photo of SanFranJake
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of ricksrealm
4.25/5  rDev 0%

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Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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